Montmartre Funicular

The funicular railway of Montmartre, called the Funiculaire de Montmartre in French, debuted in the summer of 1900. The Montmartre funicular is an automatic funicular railway serving the Montmartre neighborhood of Paris, in the Eighteenth arrondissement. It is operated by the RATP, the Paris transport authority. It was opened on 13 July 1900 and was entirely rebuilt in 1935 and again in 1991.

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The Montmartre Funicular carries passengers from the base of the butte (outlier) of Montmartre to the summit, near the base of the Sacré-Cœur basilica, and back down. It provides an alternative to the multiple stairways of more than 300 steps that lead to the top of the Butte Montmartre. At 108 m (354 ft) long, the funicular climbs and drops the 36 m (118 ft) in under a minute and a half. It carries two million passengers a year.

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First Renovation, 1931.

The funicular is considered to be part of the Paris Métro network,and so has similar pricing. The two stations each have turnstiles which can read magnetic tickets and Navigo passes. They thus allow access via all RATP payment methods, including the single-journey Ticket “t”, Paris Visite combination transport/museum pass and other RATP weekly and monthly passes.

There is no direct transport interchange, except with the “Montmartrobus” which has a stop in the Rue du Cardinal-Dubois in front of the upper station and offers a free interchange. Nevertheless, two métro stations are within easy walking distance of the lower station: Anvers on Line 2 about 200 m (220 yd) to the south and Abbesses on Line 12 about 350 m (380 yd) to the west.

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Second Renovation, 1991.

The funicular is open every day from 6 am until 12.45 am, transporting 6,000 people a day, or around 2 million a year, mostly tourists and pilgrims en route to the Sacré-Cœur, and also Parisians and those who love the ambience of the Place du Tertre

The lower station was built between the Place Saint-Pierre and the Place Suzanne-Valadon, and the upper one on the Rue du Cardinal-Dubois. The funicular runs alongside the Rue Foyatier, a wide 220-step staircase.

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For an orientative plan, please look here, and for Metro Pass/Paris Visite look here, includes unlimited use of the Paris public transport and also Montmartre Funicular.

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Tattooists, Tattooed in Paris.

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Returning to the basics of tattooing, this exhibition shows the renewed of this phenomenon in its now permanent and globalized manifestation. In so-called “primitive” and old societies from the Oriental, African and Oceanian countries, tattooing has a social, religious and mystical implication and goes along with the subject in their rituals of passage, making them part of the community. Inversely, in the West, tattoos have been seen for a long time as a mark of disgrace, criminal activity, a circus attraction (with the phenomenon of side shows) and as an identity mark for urban tribes.

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Tattooists, Tattooed in Paris is divided into five main sections:

- From Global to Marginal: The exhibition begins with a map of tattooed people across the world, showing the vast extent of tattooing from Antiquity to the present day. Tattooists, tattooed and significant facts are collected in a chronology, in the style of a wall of fame, and retracing the history of tattooing.

- An Art in Movement: This section evokes the roots of tattooing in three creative areas: Japan, North America and Europe.

- New Skin: The Renewal of Traditional Tattooing: This section examines the renewal of these practices and their modern developments, concentrating particularly on the new schools of tattooing and the great masters of the following regions: New Zealand, Samoa, Polynesia (the Marquesas Islands, Tahiti, Hawaii), Borneo, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand.

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– New Territories of the World: Indicating the dynamism in contemporary tattooing, new schools emerge constantly. In China, blending traditional and current images, the art of tattooing has recently resurfaced; while Latino and Chicano tattooing takes its inspiration in popular Americano-Mexican iconography.

- New Inking Styles
To end the exhibition, eight photographs of tattoos representing a new generation of tattooists illustrate original forms, compositions and characteristics; while the film Mainstream Mode examines current trends.

Brand-new works in Tattooists, Tattooed in Paris:

In addition, 32 works specifically produced for the exhibition are presented:
13 tattoos or imaginary projects have been produced by masters of the art – representatives of contemporary tattooing – on volumes representing legs, torsos and arms in silicone ;
Blank canvases have been given to 19 tattooists from the whole world in order to carry out tattooing projects. In the classic application of the Japanese bodysuit – a costume of traditional tattoos covering the body from wrists to ankles – tattooists have carried out these projects on canvas, with ink, acrylics, watercolours, graphite pencil or felt tip, with more or less realism.

Some of the works presented in the exhibition may be unsuitable for viewing by sensitive or younger visitors.

*From 06 May 2014 To 18 October

Quai Branly Museum
37, Quai Branly
75007 Paris
Tél. : 01 56 61 70 00
Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday – 11 am – 7 pm
Tursday, Friday, Saturday – 11 am – 9 pm

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